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King of the Bowery: Big Tim Sullivan, Tammany Hall, and New York City from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era (Excelsior Editions)

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This book is the first complete study of Timothy D. Big Tim Sullivan, Tammany chieftain and kingmaker, King of the Lower East Side, and, to some, King of the Underworld. Sullivan was a pivotal figure in the late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century urban politics. A master of the personal, paternalistic, and corrupt no-holds-barred politics of the nineteenth century, he heartily embraced progressive causes in his later years and anticipated many of the policies and initiatives later pursued by Al Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who were early acquaintances and sometimes antagonists of Sullivan. The story of Big Tim Sullivan is the story of New York City as it emerged from the nineteenth century to the onset of modernity. Sullivan was a rags-to-riches story, a poor Irish kid from the Five Points who rose through ambition, shrewdness, and charisma to become the most powerful single politician in New York by 1909. Sullivan was quick to embrace and harness the shifting demographic patterns of the Lower East Side, recruiting Jewish and Italian newcomers into his largely Irish organization--his machine within a machine--meeting the newcomers' needs, taking their votes, and creating a personal following that made him invincible in his downtown bastion. Richard F. Welch is a professor at C. W. Post College of Long Island University.

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Although he's barely remembered now, the presence of "Big Tim" Sullivan loomed large over New York City and the urban politics of the years between 1890 and 1914. Welch (American History and Irish History, Long Island University) presents the first book-length biography of Sullivan, showing his rise from the squalid Five Points to control of the Lower East Side and, ultimately, all of New York City. This account shows Sullivan as a complicated man: a vice lord whose generosity and largesse towards his supporter was legendary; and a corrupt Tammany Hall politician who nonetheless was a strong supporter of the progressive reforms of the early 20th century. Welch's accessible writing style makes this well-researched book a pleasant read. It will appeal to readers interested in the history of New York or in urban politics. (Excelsior Editions is an imprint of Sate University of New York Press) Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The first full-length biography of Timothy D. "Big Tim" Sullivan, who dominated New York City politics in the three decades prior to World War I.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781438431826
Author:
Welch, Richard F.
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Subject:
United states
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Biography-Political
Series:
Excelsior Editions
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
222
Dimensions:
9.22x6.34x.56 in. .74 lbs.

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